USC 42, UAB 10 Post Game Notes & Quotes

Notes & Quotes from both USC and UAB players and coaches following the 42-10 win by South Carolina over the UAB Blazers ...


South Carolina Head Coach Lou Holtz

"We are so thin at offensive line. ... The first half, we played very well except placekicking. The offense took control of the game, put pressure on them to make them a one-dimensional team. .

I credit UAB, they never gave up.

On giving up late touchdown: When you're in the game, you have an obligation to be where you are supposed to be. ... We didn't come out in the second half all that inspired.

Field goal kicking is really a dilemma for me. I can't explain. It's like having a yip on a putt. Looks like Billy Mayfair. ... I am proud of Dondrial Pinkins. He bounced back. Demetris Summers had a tremendous game. ... We have a lot to correct and go from there.

On two backs: It was Skip's decision. We felt at the end of the Georgia game, when we caught a screen pass, we made some things happen. Demetris has good peripheral vision, he has good eyes, he played exceptionally well.

Preston Thorne got blocked from behind, out for year, ACL. Chad Walker has a dislocated knee and possibly and ACL. We are really weak in the defensive line, we're thin in the offensive line also. We have to keep progressing.

On placekicking: I just don't know. Can't explain it. We make it in practice consistently.

On ejection: No explanation. John Strickland told me it was a bad call. I got to look at film.

On Pinkins: Our problems were not all at quarterback. He needed some help. Other than one bad decision, he had a good game.

On Whiteside: We thought about redshirting him, but he is a real talent, and we have a lot of tough games coming up. Also, he will be our No. 2 punt returner. We will be tested with Colquitt this week.

On Tennessee: I know how hard it is to play in Gainesville. I just want to get out with a win. We've got to improve or we can't play a team like Tennessee. Tenn just plays well. They are tough, physical, on both sides of the ball.

Summers took big step with a screen pass against Georgia last week. He took another big step this week. For a freshman, he's coming on. He's a wonderful young man. He's pleasant and easy to coach.

The linebackers played well. One time we let them out. Overall, I'm worried more about the pass rush. Too many times, the quarterback had open areas to throw. We really thin there.

South Carolina Players Quotes

Taqiy Muhammad

"Tonight we went out there and did whatever Coach Skip called for us. We did a good job of executing. The tempo was much better tonight and we cut down on the penalties on offense. Our tempo was much more upbeat, we were more into it and were able to play younger players as well. We moved the ball, moved the chains."

Troy Williamson

"We came out and played our game. Our tempo was much more upbeat. When you score that gives you more confidence."

Dunta Robinson

"I finally got one - a score. It felt good. I have been here for four years and finally scored one. As soon as I caught the ball, I figured it'd be six points. (the interception). He's a very good quarterback, Hackney, he rarely gets sacked and we were worried about him all week. He's a good quarterback."

Demetris Summers

"I just did what I had to do to get yardage. The offensive line did a good job of blocking. I waited patiently for the holes to open up and then just went with it. (on his 54 yard touchdown run): Once I got some room, I saw Troy Williamson who made a block and I just kept running.

We will practice hard this week and get ready to play a very good Tennessee team."

Offensive Coordinator Skip Holtz

"I was pleased with the offensive line and the way we moved the ball. We were able to move the ball effectively and that makes things easier for our quarterback."

Na'Shan Goddard

"We knew we had to protect Dondrial better. The offensive line hasn't done a good job of helping him this whole year and we did a better job tonight. We want to show we are a top 25 team."

Hart Turner

"It's good to see that Demetris can break runs like that - he's special. Tonight we executed. The wide receivers did a good job of catching the ball, the running backs blocked and caught the ball well and the offensive line did a good job up front. It takes a lot of pressure off Dondrial Pinkins when we all work together. It's good for the team and good for all of us."

UAB Head Coach Watson Brown

"We're really disappointed. We are a lot better than that. South Carolina has a really good defensive team. They are outstanding. Quickness is the main element in that."

"I thought we were tight and nervous tonight, especially in the first half. We relaxed a bit in the second half. We have a lot of maturing to do - we're a young team. We played hard and our kids are down. We were not relaxed and not ready to play. We'll get better from this game. This is a young team and they just couldn't handle it. We still have some problems - fumbles, dropped balls, etc."

"South Carolina played well. Anytime they ran right at us, they ran right at us pretty good. When they want to run the ball, they run it well. They looked good and controlled the line of scrimmage, especially in the first half. The strengths of South Carolina are 1) their defense and 2) their running game."

"We will take something from this. Our kids know that we can play better than that."

UAB Players

Darrell Hackney-QB On playing at Williams-Brice:

"It was a regular game for us, we didn't play our game. In the 1st half we didn't do much. We have to come back and play hard we have conference play in two weeks so we need to bounce back. A game like this you can't come out and make mistakes this is an SEC team."

What they expected from South Carolina:

"They did everything we expected. They were at the right place at the right time. I blame myself. We got things moving in the second half, we can play better than this."

Carlos Hendricks- CB

Teams attitude after losing the ball on fake punt:

"When we fumbled it was like 'not again.' My personal opinion, I thought it was a big turning point in the game."

On Demetris Summers:

"He is pretty strong, broke a lot of tackles. We saw some of him on film but didn't expect him to play that much. He was a big factor and is a big power back."

Parker Mullins-Punter On fake punt:

"I couldn't hear the call so I made my own decision. No one was covering our wide receiver. Luckily he caught it, unluckily he fumbled it."


The 21 yard first quarter touchdown run by Demetris Summers was the second of the season by the freshman tailback. It was the first rushing touchdown for Summers. He caught a 37 yard touchdown pass against Georgia.

Summers scored his second rushing touchdown later in the first quarter on a 54 yard run. That was South Carolina's longest run from scrimmage since Derek Watson went 58 yards against Kentucky Oct. 6,2001 but did not score. Watson had a 58 yard TD run in 2000, also against Kentucky on Oct.7.

Summers rushed for 110 yards on eight rushes in the first quarter against Alabama Birmingham. The last Gamecock freshman to rush for 100 or more yards in a game was Derek Watson against N. C. State Sept. 4, 1999. At halftime Summers had 122 yards on 12 rushes.

Summers scored his third touchdown of the game early in the second quarter on a five yard run, his 10th rush of the game. Summers tied the school record for touchdowns in a game by a freshman, a record held by three others, Harold Green, Brandon Bennett and Zola Davis. The last Gamecock to score three touchdowns in a game was Andrew Pinnock against Wofford in 2001.

Summers finished with 161 yards on 21 rushes, the third highest single game total for a Gamecock freshman. Brandon Bennett rushed a school record 278 yards against East Tennessee State in 1991 and Rob DeBoer had 165 yards against East Carolina in 1990.

The first quarter UAB fumble after a fourth down fake punt and pass completion was caused by Corey Peoples and recovered for the Gamecocks by Taqiy Muhammad.

Dunta Robinson returned his first interception of the season 29 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was the fifth career interception for Robinson. The last time a Gamecock returned an interception for a touchdown was by Deandre Eiland Sept. 21, 2002 against Temple.

The second quarter two point conversion run by Dondrail Pinkins was South Carolina's first two pointer since Andrew Pinnock scored two points on a run against Temple Sept. 21, 2002.

The attendance for the UAB game was 80,523, the third crowd of more than 80,000 this season in Williams-Brice Stadium. The Louisiana Lafayette game drew 82,227 and the Virginia game 80,150. The three game total of 242,900 is an average of 80,967.

The last time South Carolina scored 28 first half point was against Temple Sept. 21, 2002 when the Gamecocks led 28-14 at halftime. The 42-10 final score represented the most points by a South Carolina team since the Gamecocks defeated Temple 42-21 last year.

The 74 yard third quarter kickoff return by Matthew Thomas was the longest by a Gamecock this season. Thomas previously had a 38 yard KO return this season. He had a 95 yard kickoff return for a touchdown last year against Virginia. Thomas' 74 yard return against UAB was South Carolina's longest non-scoring kickoff return since Duce Staley went 87 yards against Arkansas in 1995.

The fourth quarter one yard touchdown by Daccus Turman was his second of the season and fourth of his career.

The 41 yard interception return to the UAB one yard line by Orus Lambert in the fourth quarter was the first career interception by Lambert. Gonzie Gray scored on the next play, his first career touchdown.

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